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Building a Nightforce

Our journey began in 1992, in a quest to provide the ultimate in riflescopes and accessories to the hunter, the professional, and the competitive shooter.

Consider the challenges of making a Nightforce riflescope. Optically, you are creating an instrument of extreme precision, built to tolerances often finer than a human hair. It requires many of the same techniques used in the very best laboratory microscopes and in massive, delicately balanced scientific telescopes that peer deep into the heavens.

Then you’re tasked with putting these perfectly matched optics into the most compact package possible, eliminating every ounce of excess weight, and making them impervious to extreme weather conditions as well as to constant pounding from the most powerful rifle calibers over thousands of rounds.
It is a huge technological challenge. Frankly, there are very few riflescope companies up to it. Fortunately, we are.

Factory Testing

Before they leave the factory, Nightforce riflescopes are subjected to conditions far beyond most anything you will ever encounter in the field. During our impact tests, riflescopes must endure repeated impacts of over 1200 Gs of force on multiple axes.

After each severe impact, the riflescope is hand-checked on a collimator for tracking accuracy and overall integrity. If we can’t make it fail, chances are you can’t either.

Turret Tracking and Consistency

If a scope manufacturer even bothers to check for turret accuracy–and many don’t–they often allow a “tolerable” error or don’t verify accuracy over the entire adjustment range.

At Nightforce, “good enough” is not good enough. During the manufacturing process we inspect our scopes to ensure perfect clicks and absolute precision across the entire range of adjustment.

This means that when you make a shot at any distance, regardless of how much windage or elevation adjustment you’ve made, you can trust your turrets–and your Nightforce–to deliver your shot predictably and on target.